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A busy two days with runners

Friday, 25 September 2015

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."

Albert Einstein.

Working Across the Flat

It’s another blue sky morning, in fact it’s what you call a glorious autumn morning and everybody is in good spirits after the runner yesterday, which we were all delighted with. I have had Jimmy and Saleem in and we have done a bit of work Across the Flat with a couple of fillies, plus cantering on Hamilton Hill. With runners at two meetings today, staff have all been pulling together and getting horses exercised before going off to the races. With the horses now running well it certainly helps with the moral in the yard.

Careless Rapture and Regal Galaxy

We have three runners today, one at Worcester and two tonight at Wolverhampton. I will be trying to do both, and just hope that the Friday night traffic is not as busy as normal. Our first runner is Singing Hinnie in the 4.05 at Worcester. She has had one run at Wetherby back in March where she performed as well as we could expect, but then had a most unfortunate accident which resulted in her being off for quite a while. We are happy with her at present and although this looks not a bad race, I think she will run well today at a big price. We then move on to Wolverhampton where Hold Firm runs in the 5.45. He gets in here without a penalty for his apprentice race win last time, and he is also up 5lbs next time. Drawn quite well, he is always competitive in these sorts of races and I am sure he will not be far away if he can get a clear run in the straight. Topaling is our other runner at 7.15. She has won three races here at the track, but has not run for quite a while now. She is not the best of home workers, so an outing on the track will do more for her than trying to get her to gallop at home. I am not too sure of her fitness tonight, but whatever she does, she will only improve on.

Jack Carter

We have three runners tomorrow night at Chelmsford City, starting with Jack Carter in the mile nursery at 5.45. We are up in trip and on a different surface, but he should stay this distance and I am hoping he will not be far away. We then wait for the 8.15 for Bracken Brae to appear in the mile and five handicap. There is some debate as to what trip suits this filly and this mile and five will start to sort it out. She is well and this race is very winnable if I have got the distance right. Peeps is our last runner at 8.45. She is another whose trip is up in the air. The jockeys keep telling me she can win at a mile and a quarter but I have always thought a mile and a half would be more up her street. All in all an interesting couple of days and let’s hope they can all perform with credit.


It was great to see Ryan Moore back in the saddle at Newmarket yesterday and he has recovered quicker than a lot of people thought. He has certainly been missed by all his connections and will be soon applying his trade all over the world.

Allan chopping carrots to add to the feed